Research Study Subject Recruitment

Many faculty in the HMS Division of Sleep Medicine conduct research in human subjects.

If you are interested in participating in a research study, please call or send email to the contact person indicated for that study

Research Study Subject Recruitment by Harvard Division of Sleep Medicine Faculty
(for study details, click on the titles below)
26 Day Sleep Research Study Needs Participants Aged 18-35!
37-Day Sleep Research Study! Needs Healthy Participants Ages 55-70!
Defining Phenotypic Traits in Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Development of the Countermeasures Against Adverse Metabolic Effects of Shiftwork
Are You at Risk of Diabetes?
Interaction of Melatonin and MTNR1B Genotype on Glucose Control
Treatment of Circadian Disruption from Shiftwork in Older Adults

Additional Links for Potential Study Subjects
Important notice: Your Rights as a Research Participant
NIH Clinical Trial search service: ClincialTrials.gov
Partners Hospitals' Clinical Trial search: Clinical Trials @ Partners
NOTE: If after reviewing this information you have remaining general questions (not about a particular study), please contact the Division using the contact form.


26 Day Sleep Research Study Needs Participants Aged 18-35!
The Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital is looking for participants for a research study to examine the effects of different sleep patterns on health, including mood, performance and alertness.

The study involves screening for 3-5 weeks and then living in our facility for 26 days.
We are looking for people who are:
- Healthy
- Non-smokers
- Not on any medications (some birth control OK)
- Ages 18-35

Receive up to $6,400.

Interested? Contact us!

(617)-732-4311

light@research.bwh.harvard.edu

or fill out our survey at https://redcap.partners.org/redcap/surveys/?s=LP7KTKXDH9

Location: Brigham and Women's Hospital
Study title: Influence of sleep regularity on circadian rhythms, learning, performance, and mood
Faculty member submitting this notice: Elizabeth B. Klerman, MD, PhD
Contact for this notice: Matthew Mayer, light@research.bwh.harvard.edu, (617) 732-4311
IRB expiration: 10/25/2018

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37-day Sleep Research Study! Needs Healthy Participants Ages 21-70!
The Division of Sleep Medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital is seeking healthy volunteers ages 21-70 to participate in a sleep research study funded by the National Institute on Aging. You must be a non-smoker and not on any medications. You will complete 3-4 screening visits and, if eligible, live 37 consecutive days and nights at the state-of-the-art sleep lab within the hospital.

The purpose of the study is to see how disrupted sleep patterns and not sleeping enough affect metabolism and brain function. 

Receive up to

$12,500

For more information, call 617-525-8719 or send an email to us at: Sleepstudy@partners.org

Location: Brigham and Women's Hospital
Study title: Metabolic PPG Study
Faculty member submitting this notice: Dr. Jeanne Duffy, MBA, PhD
Contact for this notice: Alec Rader, sleepstudy@partners.org,  617-525-8719
IRB expiration: 4/3/2019

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Defining Phenotypic Traits in Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Researchers at Brigham & Women’s Hospital Division of Sleep Medicine seek healthy men and women for a research study of airway anatomy, breathing control and muscle function during sleep.

To participate you must:
  • be between the ages of 60 and 79
  • have no lung problems
  • not take any medication which affects breathing or sleep (including birth control)
  • be able to commit to 3-4 overnight studies within 1 month’s period of time

Receive up to $1050 for participation.

For information on participating in this study, call Lauren Hess at 617-732-8976 for a brief preliminary phone interview.

Location: Brigham and Women's Hospital
Study title: Defining Phenotypic Traits in Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Faculty members submitting this notice: Dr. Scott A. Sands, PhD
Contact for this notice: Lauren Hess, 617-732-8976
IRB expiration: 8/17/2018

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Development of Countermeasures Against Adverse Metabolic Effects of Shiftwork
Are you between the ages of 18-35 years old and interested in participating in a sleep study that investigates metabolism and diet?

This research study is being done to see if the timing of our meals can help prevent physiological changes that may make overnight workers more at risk for the development of diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease.

Research Study Description:
  • 3-5 short medical screening visits
  • Must live in New England
  • One 14 day in-laboratory stay at Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • No study medication involved
  • Payment up to $4,000 for your time.

To see if you are eligible, please fill out our online survey at https://clinicaltrials.partners.org/study/9869 or call 844-230-3663 (844-230-FOOD)

Location: Brigham and Women's Hospital
Study title: Development of Countermeasures Against Adverse Metabolic Effects of Shiftwork
Faculty member submitting this notice: Dr. Frank Scheer, PhD
Contact for this notice: Countermeasures@partners.org
IRB expiration: 9/18/2018

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Are you at risk for diabetes?
The Dietary Habits research study will evaluate if changing meal patterns lowers risk for developing diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

Prospective research study participants must be overweight (BMI 25-38), non-smokers, between the ages of 25-55 and without medication use (birth control is acceptable).

Research Study Description:
  • Medical screening at no cost
  • 3-5 short screening visits
  • Must live in New England
  • Two 9 day in-laboratory stays at Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • No study medication involved
  • Up to $5,000 for your time

To see if you are eligible, please fill out our online survey at
https://clinicaltrials.partners.org/study/9862 , and indicate interest as “Dietary Habits Study”.  or call 844-667-6325 (844-667-MEAL)

Location: Brigham and Women's Hospital
Study title: Effects of Dietary Habits on Metabolic Health
Faculty member submitting this notice: Dr. Frank Scheer, PhD
Contact for this notice: DietaryHabits@partners.org
IRB expiration: 2/20/2019

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Interaction of Melatonin and MTNR1B Genotype on Glucose Control
Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers need you!  Looking for adults between the ages of 21 - 55.
This study will be performed in healthy individuals with genetic variation in a gene called MTNR1B. This gene influences the regulation of blood sugar and has been associated with type 2 diabetes risk. Your genes are passed down from your parents and then passed on to your children. If you are eligible and interested in enrolling in our research study we collect a saliva or blood sample to test your genetic material for the MTNR1B genetic variation.

Requirements: 

Prospective subjects must be healthy Caucasian non-smokers between the ages of 21-55, live in New England, and off most medications (birth control is acceptable).

Study Description:
•    Medical Screening at no cost to you.
•    3 - 4 short screening visits
•    Must live in New England
•    5-day in-laboratory stay at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
•    Willing to take melatonin
•    Payment approximately $1,700 for your time.

To see if you are eligible, please fill out our online survey at
https://clinicaltrials.partners.org/study/melatonin  and indicate interest as “Melatonin Study”.

Location of the study: Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Study title: Interaction of Melatonin and MTNR1B Genotype on Glucose Control
Faculty member responsible for this notice: Frank Scheer
Contact for this notice: bwhmelatonin@partners.org or 617-732-7352
IRB expiration: 3/14/2019

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Treatment of Circadian Disruption from Shiftwork in Older Adults
Volunteers age 50-65 needed for 10-day research study.

Brigham and Women's Hospital Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders is inviting men and women age 50-65 to participate in a research study. The study tests how different sleep schedules and light levels at work impact performance on day and night shifts. You must be healthy and a non-smoker to qualify, and first pass a series of screening tests.

Participants will spend 10 consecutive days in the study, and must follow a strict study schedule including spending 8-9 hours in a private room at the hospital during the daytime or nighttime on most days, followed by 2 entire days in a row. Some participants will also be required to sleep for 8 hours each afternoon at home on several study days.

Receive up to $2,575. Interested? Contact us at 617-525-8904 or nightwork@research.bwh.harvard.edu

Location: Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Study Title: Treatment of Circadian Disruption from Shiftwork in Older Adults
Faculty member submitting this notice: Dr. Jeanne Duffy, MBA, PhD
Contact for this notice:Audra Murphy (617-525-8904)
IRB Expiration: 8/29/2018

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